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Student-Athlete Academic Support and Achievement

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Student-Athlete Academic Support and Achievement

Recognizing the difficulty of balancing the demands of athletic competition at the highest level and completion of the rigorous academic standards of a Carnegie research-level university, the Razorback Athletic Department provides support services through both facilities and personnel to guide Arkansas student-athletes to their ultimate goal: University of Arkansas diploma.

The key components of the SAASA are personal development, career development, academic tutoring, study hall facilities, class attendance monitoring and incentive awards recognizing academic achievement.

The Bogle Academic Center

There is no higher priority for the University of Arkansas Athletic Department than the academic progress of its scholar-athletes. Thanks to the generous gift of Bob and Marilyn Bogle, the home of the Razorback Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Academic Support and Achievement program is the Bob and Marilyn Bogle Academic Center. The 15,000-square foot Bogle Academic Center is located in the east side of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Under the overall direction of Senior Associate Athletic Director Jon Fagg, the Bogle Academic Center houses the Arkansas Razorbacks Academic Support Program, the Razorback Office of Student Life and the Career Development Program.

Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support Services Melissa Harwood-Rom oversees the staff of professionals dedicated to directing student-athletes to reach their personal academic goals, and to do so in ways that balance their academic, athletic and personal lives.

Study Hall and Tutors

A quiet setting for uninterrupted study, the Bogle Academic Center provides three types of study hall space. The computer lab (above) has over 30 stations for individual computer-based study. An open study hall is available for group or individual study, and monitored by staff members of the SAASA. There are 17 individual study carrels that provide space for tutors to meet with student-athletes for individual instruction in specific subjects.

Each Razorback team sets its own criteria for study hall attendance. The use of tutors is a key element for academic success, allowing for individualized assistance and for reaching academic excellence in advanced subjects.



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